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Court document contradicts Walker bias claim about judge

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 2:50 PM
Last updated 2:53 PM
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Former state Sen. Charles Walker supported the nomination of the judge he now claims was biased against him during his federal trial, according to one of Mr. Walker’s former attorneys.

In a response to Mr. Walker’s petition for habeas corpus - a civil action an inmate can take to further challenge his imprisonment on constitutional grounds - U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr. included a sworn statement from Thomas A. Tucker, one of three attorneys who represented Mr. Walker at trial.

Mr. Walker contends his team of attorneys were negligent for not asking U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. to step aside from Mr. Walker's criminal case. Mr. Walker claimed in his petition filed in March that he told his attorneys that Judge Bowen would be biased against him because Mr. Walker opposed the judge’s 1979 nomination to the federal bench.

Mr. Tucker, however, contended in his sworn statement that Mr. Walker never suggested Judge Bowen should recuse himself or that he had any reason to be biased against Mr. Walker.

The only discussion even remotely close to the issue was when Mr. Walker told his attorney that he had written a letter in support of Judge Bowen’s nomination. He wanted to know if Mr. Tucker thought the judge would remember that, according to Mr. Tucker’s statement.

Mr. Walker was representing Georgia Senate District 22 when he was indicted on federal fraud charges in June 2004. He was convicted of 127 counts and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The federal appeals court rejected his appeal, ruling he had been fairly tried and convicted. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider any further appeal by Mr. Walker.

Mr. Walker filed the habeas petition in March. Judge Bowen recused himself from this civil action because Mr. Walker claims his attorneys were ineffective for not seeking the judge’s recusal in the criminal case.

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Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/07/09 - 03:05 pm
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The slime just keeps oozing

The slime just keeps oozing out of him.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/07/09 - 03:14 pm
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Interesting.

Interesting.

builderman1
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builderman1 07/07/09 - 03:19 pm
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May he rot in Jail

May he rot in Jail

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Barry Paschal 07/07/09 - 03:25 pm
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Hey, Riverman1: Oops!

Hey, Riverman1: Oops!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 03:54 pm
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It's not in Walkers make up

It's not in Walkers make up to give up. He'll serve 10 years, scratching and clawing the whole time. Then he'll get out.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/07/09 - 04:01 pm
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Sounds like Walker will make
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Sounds like Walker will make a great mayor...of Washington, DC!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 04:54 pm
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Looks like someone should

Looks like someone should produce that letter if it is claimed Walker wrote one.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/07/09 - 04:55 pm
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Big surprise here.

Big surprise here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 05:00 pm
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I don't think the lawyer's

I don't think the lawyer's name is correct. Isn't it Thomas W. Tucker?

EARL84
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EARL84 07/07/09 - 05:01 pm
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the "letter" could be

the "letter" could be plastered to their faces and the justus's and RCR's would still be crying afoul. Facts do not matter, only race does

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 05:07 pm
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Yeah, I've always held that

Yeah, I've always held that Walker's conviction was kind of like getting Al Capone for income tax evasion. The facts are that major papers have been caught using elaborate circulation inflation schemes, using fake customers and having numerous people lie. Total conspiracy. They paid civil judgements, fines and received probation. Not one person spent a day in jail.

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storiesihaveread 07/07/09 - 06:36 pm
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Ahh Riverman1 you are so

Ahh Riverman1 you are so wrong on that comment. Major newspapers Chronicle, NY Times have to go by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. This company will come in and go over your records they will audit you. The people that advertise in papers look at those numbers. Walker lied on his and got caught. He needs to stop wasting tax payers money do his time and get out and start being a crook all over again

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 06:57 pm
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Storiesihaveread, oh believe

Storiesihaveread, oh believe me, I know how it works. Read about these manipulations of the ABC. If you want to see plotting and lying to inflate circulation numbers read this. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ny-bzcirc123964647sep12,0,6139570...

Or this http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/nyc-bzhoy223901681jul22,0,6...
Should the many people involved in these scams have been sent to jail?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 07:02 pm
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Now the next thing someone

Now the next thing someone will bring up is Walker ripping off the snack bar concessions at the CSRA Classic. There was no accounting at the games and proceeds were put in paper bags. The conviction for that...and that's really what got him such a severe penalty,..were based on the testimony of one IRS agent who later became known as the HotDog Agent. He came up with a theory that you could predict how many snacks were sold from comparions with similar sporting crowds. Nevermind the crowd at the Classic had been grilling outside all day and probably laughed at measly hotdogs.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 07:16 pm
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Keep in mind that I believe

Keep in mind that I believe Walker was a bigtime bad guy and I'm only pointing out suspect things I know about the trial. It's hard to get around his blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars at Atlantic City. Ha. But back to the facts, the chief prosecution witness supposedly told the feds about all Walker's schemes. All of the alleged schemes required partners in crime. Think about the Grady hospital graft. Do you realize not one other person was indicted by the feds except Walker's daughter and that was for not reporting $700 of income. She was given probation. Judge Bowen also made major procedural errors at the trial. More about that later.

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LaTwon 07/07/09 - 07:37 pm
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in the end they were throwing

in the end they were throwing about 3 copies of the focus in my yard every edition. circulation? i called and told them i would be dumping my trash on their front door if they did not quit. i question if the chronicle doesnt do the same thing with all of the people standing on the street corners with 100's of papers.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/07/09 - 08:12 pm
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Facts are stubborn things.

Facts are stubborn things.

sayitaintso_bo
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sayitaintso_bo 07/07/09 - 08:26 pm
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That slime trail caught up

That slime trail caught up with him like lava from a volcano, hhee, heee, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! YeeeHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW

sayitaintso_bo
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sayitaintso_bo 07/07/09 - 08:28 pm
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What a douch bag, but hey his

What a douch bag, but hey his constituents loved him---Just like they loved crack head, stalker Marion Berry--you can't cure stupid!!!!

chattie888
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chattie888 07/07/09 - 08:44 pm
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the whole criminal justice

the whole criminal justice system in the csra is crooked as a dogs hind leg and everyone down there knows it and are scared to try to do anything about it.i have heard lawyers say that if we try to do anything about it they will destroy our careers and run our family's out of town.this is just life in the south.mr walker got on the wrong side of some body and now he's paying for it.the authoritys all take extravagant vacations all over the world and go gambling off shore or to vegas or atlantic city while there pay keeps rolling in and there is nothingto be done,but don't worry,just keep your faith and god will handle it.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 07/07/09 - 09:01 pm
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Chattie is ok for someone to

Chattie is ok for someone to be a crook because of the color of their skin? Or is this another conspiracy by whitey?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 09:06 pm
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Trying to be objective about

Trying to be objective about matters, realize when you claim an ineffective defense that's about all you have left. Still, I'd like to see a copy of the letter Mr. Thomas W (the Chronicle mistakenly says "A") Tucker says Walker told him he wrote. Otherwise, it means little. Tucker is a bigtime Democrat supporter, by the way, contributing large amounts to various campaigns of Democrats....including Walker's when he ran for the state Senate.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/07/09 - 09:48 pm
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Walker's entire career is

Walker's entire career is summed up by one query he seemed to make to a lot of people. It was repeated by numerous people who went to his office to talk help with a legislative matter. He seemed to always ask "What's in it for the Big Dog". Well he finally got his answer....about 10 years for the Big Dog and he needs to serve every hour of it.

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Riverman1 07/07/09 - 10:01 pm
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After the jury was selected

After the jury was selected at almost 8:30PM, Judge Bowen later stated in court documents that he was tired and didn't state his reasons for not allowing defense strikes well. That's kind of like saying, "I screwed up." Plus, it is an excuse for other comments he made that night. At 9:05 the attorneys met with the admittedly tired Judge Bowen and Bowen made other questionable comments. The defense attorneys tried to have a summary of the comments put in the record later since no court reporter was present. Bowen denied the motion. He said, they should have asked for a court reporter if they wanted his comments in the record. Judge Bowen, care to tell us now what you said at the meeting? Smile.

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justus4 07/08/09 - 05:23 am
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A poor example of American
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A poor example of American justice and a example of dishonesty on display. Question: Walker's team had three lawyers. The Chronicle quotes one. What does the other two say? Ha! The heat rounds will soon find their mark....

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